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Breathing (2011)

Atmen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 31 August 2012 (USA)
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Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed.

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Karl Markovics

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Karl Markovics (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Thomas Schubert ... Roman Kogler
Karin Lischka Karin Lischka ... Margit Kogler
Georg Friedrich ... Rudolf Kienast
Gerhard Liebmann ... Walter Fakler
Stefan Matousch Stefan Matousch ... Gerhard Schorn
Luna Zimic Mijovic Luna Zimic Mijovic ... Mona (as Luna Mijovic)
Georg Veitl Georg Veitl ... Jürgen Hefor
Klaus Rott Klaus Rott ... Leopold Wesnik
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johann Bednar Johann Bednar ... Schlossermeister
Michael Duregger Michael Duregger ... Polizist #2
Elena Dörfler Elena Dörfler ... Roberta Fakler
Lukas Fuchs Lukas Fuchs ... Ikea customer with hat
Magdalena Kronschläger ... Junge Frau
Louis Markovics Louis Markovics
Reinhold G. Moritz Reinhold G. Moritz ... Josef Kallinger
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Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

31 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria

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Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$949, 2 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,342, 14 October 2012
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was selected as Austria's submission to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but it did not make the final shortlist. See more »

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Don't judge a book by it's cover
22 April 2012 | by scotmalezSee all my reviews

This is a movie about guilt, dreams, redemption and ultimately hope. You won't like 18 year old Roman Kogler at first. He is sullen, uncommunicative, and in prison. Nobody else seems to like him either. He doesn't like himself. Beset by inner demons, he has committed some unspeakable crime. His only ally is the probation officer who is helping him to find a job that will convince a parole board that Roman is worthy to be released back into the community. Through the course of the movie we learn that he is a boy who has been dealt a bad hand in life. Brought up in care, he has been a lost soul who made a tragic mistake that caused him to spend his teenage years in detention. A job in the city morgue proves to be the turning point in the movie, and in his life. This job is the symbol of his eventual redemption. As his prison peers turn away from him in disgust at his choice of job, his equally wary co-workers, initially sceptical at having a convicted criminal in their midst, soon become accepting of the boy, and eventually encourage him to develop in his new role. A stroke of fate during a call-out one day, leads Roman down a path of self-discovery, which will help him to understand why he became the person he now is, and allows the audience to explore the damaged relationship, which needs to be repaired before the boy can address his inner demons and move on with his life. This is stark, often graphic, but never dull. You will end up liking Roman. As he understands what has brought him to this point in his life, he begins to like himself more. He exhibits an inner strength and confidence that belies his young years. You can be sure he will make a success of himself, in spite of the bad start that life offered him.


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